KERNERSVILLE, N.C. –Two years ago Morgan Payne’s family went through the unthinkable when the 19-year-old was killed in a car accident after involving a drunk driver.
Detectives say the young man who had dreams of becoming a youth pastor was riding in the back of pickup truck when it overturned. Investigators say the driver was driving drunk.
Payne’s mother Dawn Smith still remembers October 9, 2010 like it was yesterday.
“I remember a knock at the door. They told me what happened and I immediately started a prayer chain,” said Smith.
Despite his tragic death, Payne’s family hopes to save lives.
Payne’s sister and his cousin created a Facebook page for those who pledge to say no to drinking and driving or even getting into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.
“We have been getting responses from all over, I mean I’m just amazed by this,” Smith said. So far, close to 800 people have signed the ‘just say no pledge’.
Smith says some even see the pledge as being therapeutic.
“One guy told us he lost a family member in a car accident and how bad it hurt his family,” said Smith.
The family hopes the pledge will continue throughout the year and say it’s worth it, even if it means saving just one life.